A look back at the year’s top stories

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By Argen Duncan and Clarence Plank The past year brought achievements, tragedy and changes for Roosevelt County. Below, the Portales News-Tribune takes a look back over 2008. January • Cannon Air Force Base received a delivery of C-130s as part of its transition to a Special Operations Base. • A grass fire burned more than […]

Dec. 19, 1955

The Portales Daily News reported that Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Martin brought their son Orville home from the hospital for a two-week holiday stay. He had been staying at the hospital since he injured his spine in a diving accident in the summer of 1954, rendering him paralyzed. The senior was able to finish […]

Stuck in the ‘50s not a bad work ethic

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor The sight of a neighbor cutting his grass with an old-fashion push mower the other day immediately brought back memories of another neighbor — Clay Blue Mr. Blue lived next door to us when I was growing up and kept his lawn of Bermuda grass manicured to golf green […]

Team roper brings home national title

By Thomas Garcia PNT Staff Writer Junior Kyle Roberts brought home Eastern New Mexico University’s first national rodeo title in 32 years. Roberts teamed with Kory Bramwell of Ranger Junior College in Ranger, Texas, to win the team-roping crown at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyo. The duo roped four steer in 27.1 […]

Military spouses publish summer activities list

Cannon Connections photo: Tony Bullocks Brothers Zach, 5, from left, Austin, 6, and Dominic Fite, 4, watch the hyena at Hillcrest Park Zoo Tuesday afternoon. By Sarah Meyer, Cannon Connections Phil Lenfant and his wife, Col. Babette Lenfant, the 27 Special Operations Wing Mission Support Group commander, moved to Cannon Air Force Base last June […]

Tornadoes carry blessings after a few tragic minutes

Editorial The shock, euphoria and amazement at surviving Friday’s eastern New Mexico tornadoes are slowly changing for residents of Roosevelt, Curry and Quay counties, including the communities of Logan and Clovis. Five days later, our thoughts and energies are focused on cleaning up, rebuilding and moving forward with our lives even as we mourn the […]

Residents relive memories

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Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor KENNA — About one-third of the way from Portales to Roswell along U.S. 70 is the most noticeable thing about Kenna, its Midway Service Station that earlier this year was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another noticeable area exists nearly 200 yards to the north, on the […]

Absolute power has no place in our constitutional system

Freedom Newspapers T he only question for an advocate of traditional American liberties should be “Why did it take so long?” when it comes to the case of Jose Padilla. Padilla, a U.S. citizen, was arrested as a terrorism suspect at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on a flight from Pakistan about 2 1/2 years ago. A […]

The drive in movie isn’t dead yet

By Helena Rodriguez As we recently drove past the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theater in Lubbock, it brought back fond memories of the old Varsity Drive-In in Portales, once located on the Roswell Highway. We took the girls to Texas Water Rampage for the day, and my eyes lit with excitement when we drove past […]

Police warn public of phone scam

By Tony Parra Money predators are at it again, according to Portales Police Captain Lonnie Berry, as the police department has received complaints that an organization is calling with claims of Canadian lottery winnings. Berry said there were two people who called in complaining they were receiving calls asking them to send $1,000 or more […]

Curry inmate dies of overdose

By Darrell Todd Maurina An inmate at the Curry County Adult Detention Facility died early Sunday morning at Plains Regional Medical Center after swallowing methamphetamine, according to a report released Tuesday by the Clovis Police Department. Martin Smith, 22, of Clovis, is the second inmate in less than a year to die of a drug […]